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Families affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia have a place to turn for support and education. Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Center hosts an Alzheimer's Support Group that meets monthly under the guidance of Donalda Binstock, licensed certified social worker. The support group is for anyone in the community who has a loved one affected by either Alzheimer's or dementia, living in a facility or their own homes, she said. The group meets at 2 p.m. every third Wednesday in Benedict Court's family room.
A "Clean Start Drive" is being initiated for Dickinson's AMEN Food Pantry. The drive for cleaning and household products is coordinated by AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Chelsea Mann. She is assigned to the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP)-Plus Dakota West office. "I'm doing this project for the National Day of Service (Sept. 11), which was recently created by the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act," she added. People in the community are asked to donate cleaning products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.
A steady stream of families filed into the AMEN Food Pantry on Tuesday, seeking boxes of food to carry them through the next two weeks. Marie Castro, who recently moved to Dickinson from Montana, visited the food pantry for the first time. She found a job and apartment, but her salary doesn't cover food expenses. Joletta just returned to Dickinson and experienced the July tornado. She too, needed assistance. "It's very helpful.
The Dickinson Chapter of Youth for Christ gathered for pizza at Dickinson High School on Thursday. It was the students' first meeting of the year under the guidance of a new ministry director, Jason Starinieri. Starinieri is an ordained pastor who serves at Calvary Chapel in Dickinson. He and his wife Leah are the parents of three children, John, Hannah and Lydia. They lived in California before moving to Bismarck where he served as pastor for three years.
Barbecue enthusiasts are called to participate in the second annual "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" ribs cookoff in Dickinson. The cookoff is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5, at the Dickinson Recreation Center. There is no admission for the public to attend any of the events. "If you enjoy cooking for your family, you can do it. It's a fun atmosphere.
An important element of this year's "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" is the North Dakota Firefighters Cook-off on Sept. 4-5 in Dickinson. Firefighter cooking teams from across North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are invited to compete for the coveted firefighter's axe traveling trophy and $1,000 in cash prizes. Last year's traveling trophy went to the Dickinson Rural Fire Department. City of Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said his department hopes to enter a team into the competition. "The only way a department can hold on to the trophy is to compete," said Sivak.
The 26th annual North Dakota Roughrider Studebaker Drivers Club Car Show is being held in conjunction with "Bar-B-Que" from the Heart on Sept. 4-5. between 18 and 20 vehicles are expected for the event. They will be parked inside the Dickinson Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to Studebakers, the show welcomes "orphan" cars -- those not manufactured any more.
Several area ethnic groups are coming together for the Northern Plains Ethnic Festival -- a day of food, music and fellowship -- on Saturday at Dickinson's Prairie Outpost Park.
An organizational meeting of a Dickinson garden club was held June 23 at the home of Sue Jackson. She was joined by David and Marie Anderson and Sheila Hartl. "We're forming a garden club for people who enjoy gardening," said Jackson. However, the base is broader than that. At the first meeting, the group also talked about interests such as flower plantings and tree varieties. It was the consensus of the group to have an informal garden club.
DUNN CENTER -- The Dunn Center Museum is a show place of Dunn County artifacts, but the next step is to secure volunteers who can keep the museum open to visitors. The museum was open during the summer hours in previous years, said Cathy Trampe, chairman of the Dunn County Museum Committee. Due to the economy, the Dunn County Historical Society and Dunn County Museum Committee are looking for caretakers to watch over the museum on a volunteer basis, she said. "There is a demand by people who would like to see the museum over the summer and I'd like to fulfill their wishes," she said.